A Childhood Cancer Survivor Blogging about the World of Childhood Cancer

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Please Sir, May I Have Some More?

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

“It gives me great pleasure to announce the formation of The Children’s Oncology Group Foundation. The COG Foundation will be able to directly receive philanthropic funds from both individual supporters and organizations.  One key advantage of the Foundation is that it enables COG’s leadership, comprised of a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists and other allied professionals, to direct funds raised for childhood cancer research to the areas of highest need and opportunity. In an era of rapid scientific discovery, this direct link will allow COG to rapidly respond and support research and new discoveries that have the greatest potential to benefit children with cancer.”

                               ~Peter C. Adamson, M.D.

                                 Chair, Children’s Oncology Group

Source:

http://www.keepandshare.com/doc/3140841/a-letter-from-the-chair-of-the-cog-1-pdf-september-14-2011-11-11-am-463k?da=y

This is great news. I will never forget my doctor, Dr. Dan, explaining to me how the collaboration between medical professionals in The Children’s Oncology Group and their sharing of information from studies has led to saved lives.  I feel the need to repeat Dr. Adamson’s words, “in an era of rapid scientific discovery”!!!

Speaking of “rapid scientific discovery,” did you notice this article from the New York Times about using gene therapy to “train a person’s own immune system to kill cancer cells”? It may be possible that this is the beginning of a whole new way of fighting cancer:

“In essence, the team is using gene therapy to accomplish something that researchers have hoped to do for decades: train a person’s own immune system to kill cancer cells.”

 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/13/health/13gene.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all?src=tp

 With all of this encouraging news, I realize that the enormous strides we need to take will require funding for research. It will be next to impossible to achieve adequate funding without raising lots and lots of awareness about childhood cancer. This is why I am thrilled about what has happened with Ellen and The Blanket Fairy! The Blanket Fairy has not given up “Making Some Noise” on The Ellen Show Facebook Page. She has one more message for all of us to share with Ellen:

Please save this photo and then go to Ellen’s page and post the following: 

 

Please COPY AND PASTE THIS:

Ellen PLEASE view this video “Letters To Ellen”. These letters were written to you by kids all over the United States on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of children all around the world. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX67K-Y-a7k

Please go to this page and post and share this on your walls and blogs. We need to make more noise to get our mission accomplished! STOP CHILDHOOD cANCER!

The Ellen Show Page: http://www.facebook.com/ellentv?sk=wall&filter=1

At first I thought, gosh, Ellen already did such a kind thing, maybe we should just be grateful and not ask for more.  Suddenly, the image of Oliver Swift dashed through my brain.  He asked timidly, even though he had already been served, “Please sir, may I have some more?”

I hope that Ellen knows we are asking for more because we are grateful. We are asking for more not to fill our own overstuffed bellies, but for the ravaged little ones who cannot ask for help themselves.

For them, we politely ask, “Please Ellen, may the children have some more?”

Remember the Kids Childhood Cancer Awareness

 Ethan’s Army News

Join us for the 3rd Annual Ethan Jostad Softball Tournament this Saturday Sept 17th at the Cal Ripken Fields in White City on Hwy 140. Kristy Cook will be playing on Team Ethan helping the Ethan Jostad Foundation battle Childhood Cancer. Come get her autograph and watch the teams play ball. Food vendors, venue for the kids, fun games, Field Dedication & Balloon realease at Noon. Huge raffle with over 60 items. More details listed at www.ethansarmy.org on the event tab.

ethansarmy.com

www.ethansarmy.org


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Ellen Loves The Blanket Fairy!

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

“Ellen Got An Amazing Gift!” 

This is a quote from Ellen’s website. I love this! I really, really, really love this!!!

Thank you to everyone who supported The Blanket Fairy, helping to get Ellen to notice the beautiful gold package in the mailroom.  I have been amazed again and again by the strength, endurance, purpose and tenacity of the group I am truly honored to be a part of…

The Group of People Who Fight to End Childhood Cancer.

I witnessed this spectacular group of people join together for the cause of raising awareness for childhood cancer.  I want to give a special thank you to @abolishcancer for your help spreading the word on Twitter.

Did you see Ellen’s photo album? It was covered with Blanket Fairy Posters from all of us! It would have been impossible for anyone to miss.

Congratulations! This is a victory for children with cancer.  

Ellen Loved Her Gift From The Blanket Fairy!

On Ellen’s site today is a video!

http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2011/09/ellen_got_an_amazing_gift_0914.php

To Ms. Ellen DeGeneres,

Thank you. I have to pause now because my eyes are giving me trouble and it’s hard to see. This touches me deeply that you and your staff took the time to notice and share the desperate need of children with cancer. I want you to know that what you have done by taking notice– posting the video on your site about The Blanket Fairy—it lets us know that someone out there cares.  This gives us stamina to fight on for the children.

Thank you, Ellen, for the stamina.

Now, a gift of dance and comedy for you…

Faith, the Dancing Princess    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdeJhGoC9NQ&NR=1

Gummy Worm Fate   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsVt3bMMM8Q&feature=youtu.be

Finally, if you have your buzzers handy and feel the need to use them next week, 46 Mommas are going to Shave for the Brave in Washington D. C.  It might even be therapeutic, I don’t know. I do know a few of the Mommas and I know they are among the bravest, most kind women you will ever meet on this Earth. They are moms whose hearts have personally been crushed by the blow of childhood cancer. Yet, they fight on for the other children. These women have my utmost respect.

Ellen, you have my utmost respect as well. You heard the cries of thousands of people and you responded with genuine warmth and kindness.

I will never forget your kindness,

Melinda

Please bring your shears Ellen!

Please add this photo

to Ellen’s link  https://www.facebook.com/ellentv?sk=wall&filter=1

to ask Ellen to join the 46 Mommas next week!

Happy Birthday (September 14) to Alexa Nawrocki, a sweet angel baby girl with a special place in my heart.

For my praying friends, please pray for Melissa Masters, currently in ICU at Children’s Mercy and for

Nicholas George

http://www.nickybear.com/

 

Ellen and The Blanket Fairy

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer and Recovery

What a beautiful package,  Blanket Fairy!  I know what lies on the inside must be even more beautiful… to catch the attention of Ellen… all for the purpose of helping children with cancer.

I know your game, Blanket Fairy.

I love your game, Blanket Fairy!

Anyone else want to help out the Blanket Fairy while you sit in front of your computer with a tweet here, a Facebook message there?

Please copy, paste, and send into cyberspace for others to share, as requested by The Blanket Fairy:

I have shared this with over 1 million people so far this morning. Please share and go post on Ellen’s Show page at least. Thanks so much 🙂

I just got the delivery signature confirmation and this package is in the studio. It got there late this morning. Please everyone take 30 seconds to share this and post the following on walls. ♥

Ellen this package was delivered to your studios today. Please be on the look-out for it. There is something very special inside that I handmade just for you. It is called Package of Hope for a reason… and when you open this up you will see why. With Much Love The Blanket Fairy ♥

Gold Package for Ellen


http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blanket-Fairy/490397070410?sk=wall

PLEASE POST THE ABOVE ON THESE LINKS BELOW:

http://www.facebook.com/ellentv

and

http://www.facebook.com/ellentv?sk=wall&filter=1

and on twitter at:

http://twitter.com/#!/TheEllenShow

Tweet this: Ellen this package was delivered to your studios today. Please be on the look-out for it. ♥ TBF and if you can attach a picture of the package above that would be great!

Okay, Blanket Fairy, make the GOLD moment happen! 

Note to Ms. Ellen DeGeneres…

You know, Ellen, The 46 Mommas are going to “Shave for the Brave” in Washington D. C. next week, on September 21 at Union Station.  Seriously. 46 moms will shave their heads to raise money for St. Baldrick’s and pediatric cancer research. I would love for you to consider joining them— not to shave your head, but to see first-hand the desperate need to raise funds to stop childhood cancer.  (If you feel you absolutely need to join them in ridding your cabeza of hair for this great cause, please, for the kids, do! If you will, I will too!!!!!!!!!!!!)  

I would love for you to see how this tremendous group of women is raising money toward a cure.

Washington D. C. September 21st.

46 Mommas Shave for The Brave.

I imagine you have someone who can make the reservation for you. Please have them do it!

Just in case Washington D. C. has a bit of a fall chill in the air, don’t forget to bring the gift from The Blanket Fairy, you will be warm as toast!

 Love you, Blanket Fairy… love you Mommas… Love you Ellen… Love you warriors…

 

The Blanket Fairy

Grace: A Child's Intimate Journey Through Cancer And Recovery

I want to thank Britta Fleeson for the very first nomination– The Blanket Fairy— for the Big Heart Red Carpet Award for this National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month of September.  I find this fascinating… it is just as I had imagined… The Blanket Fairy would never show up to any award ceremony because he/she operates anonymously.  I will admit that I have had the extreme honor and pleasure of meeting The Blanket Fairy, but I have sworn to keep the identity of this loving and talented person a secret.

It’s okay Blanket Fairy— it just makes all of us love you even more. Would you like to know what The Blanket Fairy does? He/she donates soft blankets of love to children fighting pediatric cancer.  He/she follows blogs, Facebook and sites like CaringBridge to notice if a certain child needs a lift and then contacts that child’s parents about a gift that their child would enjoy. Warm, soft blankets played a huge role in my healing!!!  To receive something like this must be a wonderful moment that lasts and lasts for a child with cancer.

What a perfect nomination!

Would you like to volunteer to help The Blanket Fairy in  some way?

http://theblanketfairy.weebly.com/volunteer-fairies.html

Do you have more nominations?

Everyone have their gold ribbons on?

Just checking.

Love you Braden!

For anyone asking me, “Melinda, why the heck won’t you be still about all this childhood cancer stuff?”   I can’t.  You see, each day, children die from cancer.  It’s horrifying to me that it takes so long for childhood cancers to be detected.  It’s unfathomable to try to comprehend why childhood cancer receives so little funding in comparison with adult cancers.  Less than 2% of federal funding for cancer research goes to childhood cancer research. This first video does an excellent job of helping you understand this point; the second one reminds us all that time is short, that life is precious, that we all have to give sacrificially until we find a cure.  Please give generously from your resources.

The Pie: Childhood Cancer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjp1es04qgE&sns=fb

Michael Tells it as it is

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW20UOk4sqU&feature=share

 

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